NAIROBI, Kenya, April 30 – Harambee Stars rocket ‘mission south Africa 2010’ has been loaded and stacked up at missile silo.The national team made their flight to the prestigious event, a mountainous task needing special and dedicated results after losing 2-1 to Tunisia at home in February.
Coach Antoine Hey has made up a few changes to the team that joins camp on Monday next week to craft a winning combination against western African giants Nigeria in early June in Abuja.
Matahre United players are back in the fold joining 23 local based players, who also include 6 players based in Tanzania.
Edgar Otieno and Titus Mulama who were dropped during the run up to the Tunisian match, after the pair left the national team camp without permission are back.
Hey has also axed goalkeeper Noah Ayuko saying the shot stopper was not up to par to impressive standards that he was looking for.
In his place comes David Okello and Wilson Oburu who will now be entrusted with the duty of goal tending against the Super Eagles of Nigeria while Arnold Origi who plays his football in Norway is also expected to have recovered fully from a knee injury.
“ I was very unhappy with Ayuko’s performance, maybe on a good day he would have saved one or two of the Tunisian goals but it wasn’t his day, so we are moving on to try other talents in the country,” Hey explained.
Meanwhile, the national team has also unveiled the new team manager.
Bandari’s, Edward Odhiambo, takes the prestigious post charged with the logistics of the team while both within and without the country.
“Am sure he is the kind of person we are looking for, our technical bench remains the same, but we need someone to take care of logistical issues that has been a major undoing, so he comes in to help us with that,” Hey said
The German tactician also revealed on Thursday that he was interested in taking the team for two week training camp in Germany to sharpen the local players ahead of the crucial match.
The team will start camp on May 4 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani, before breaking the camp and rejoining it a week later to travel to Germany.
The 23 local based players will also be forced to sign a commitment document that will bind the players to respect the training schedule and the German trip in a measure to stop a walk-out by players to play for their teams in their premier league.
Elsewhere, Kenyan June 7th opponents Nigeria have called up a strong 28 man squad to camp.
The list includes, Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel, Newcastle’s Obafemi Martins, and Hamburg Germany Dennis Aogo.
The 28 man squad has only one local based player, with the rest drawn from all over Europe.
Hey however said Kenya was not intimidated by the Nigerian’s depth of squad.
“We respect Nigeria but we do not fear them, we are not going to Lagos as tourists, they will be wrong to think we are going there to change shirts with Obi Mikel or something like that,” Hey told journalists.